Why Isn't Real Estate FUN?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Revolution

Sold by Jay O'Brien in Kansas CityDo you love your work? Do you think real estate is fun? (More importantly, do YOUR CLIENTS think real estate is fun??)

My observation is that there is something intriguing about our real estate world that the general public is drawn to (why else would they make so many reality shows about it?) The interest is there and I wonder if we are "living up to the hype" when we work with our Buyers and Sellers.

My question is this: Do you think there is a place for FUN in real estate? I'm sure everyone will say something like "sure, ya gotta love what you do" or something like that but what is the line between fun and silly? between fun and professional? between fun and business?

Here's the fact: Real Estate is hard (ask those 95%+ of unsuccessful For Sale By Owner people). But "hard" shouldn't mean "stressful" or "boring" for our clients! Is it hard to build and run a ride at Disney world? Sure but I never know that because I am having too much fun!

Okay, reality check: life isn't roses all the time and some deals, in fact, aren't fun. My point is to take the client on a great ride and treat them special and raise the bar! Don't bring them into the muck that we deal with, unless super necessary. And finish strong to put the exclamation on thier entire EXPERIENCE with us!

My goal is to have RAVING clients because we had so much fun together as we bought and sold houses together. I want them to say or think this a minimum of two times during the transaction: "Wow! I have never experienced THAT when doing business before, much less with a Realtor!"

Let's raise the bar and have some FUN!!

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  Jay O'Brien, Kansas City : Social Media Guy (RE/MAX Revolution)Jay O'Brien
RE/MAX Revolution, Kansas City, Missouri



Comments (6)

Clay R. Seay
Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage - Saint Augustine, FL

Interesting point of view on fun verses professional. It is part of my job, as I see it, to make if fun for my client, even if that means work for me. My fun starts when the closing is over and the commission check clears the bank.

Nov 08, 2013 02:43 AM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Jay, sorry it took me so long to find this great post. Hope you are still in the business.  Looking forward to hearing from you.

Dec 14, 2015 06:27 PM
Jay O'Brien

Thanks Anna! It was good for me to re-read this one! Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2015 02:03 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jay. Interesting.....I think real estate is a hard and difficult job. After time it is important to keep focused and sometimes the fun goes away.

Dec 14, 2015 09:41 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Jay O'Brien Great post and I might have missed it, except for the title. One of our tasks is to insulate our clients from the tough issues and make the process seamless and easy.

Dec 14, 2015 09:56 PM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Funny, I am ALWAYS commenting on how much fun real estate is. I absolutely love it!

Dec 27, 2015 11:37 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It can be fun when you get down to your helping people realize a dream that they’ve had for their home

Sep 23, 2020 09:40 PM